AHMEDABAD, Oct 2: In such a miserable incident, a 21-year-old Dalit man was allegedly beaten for attending a Garba event by the so-called upper caste Patel community group in Gujarat’s Anand district in the early hours, police said.
The horrifying assault held around 4 am when Jayesh Solanki, cousin Prakash Solanki and two other Dalit men were sitting near a house adjacent to a temple in Bhadrania village when a person made “derogatory remarks about their caste”, police said quoting a complaint filed in connection with the incident.
The accused said Dalits “do not have any right to watch the garba. He made casteist remarks and asked some men to come to the spot”, an officer at the Bhadran police station said.
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The upper caste men allegedly started beating the Dalits and banged Jayesh’s head against a wall, the officer said.
Jayesh was taken to a hospital in Karamsad, where doctors declared him brought dead in the morning.
“We have registered a FIR under IPC sections related to murder and the Prevention of Atrocities Act against eight men,” the official said.
Deputy SP (SC/ST cell) A M Patel said it did not appear to be a pre-planned attack.
“Jayesh was killed in the heat of the moment, as there was no rivalry between him and the accused. We are probing the case from all angles. The accused will be arrested soon,” the officer said.
Recently, two Dalit men of a village near Gandhinagar were allegedly thrashed by members of the Rajput community for “sporting a moustache” in separate incidents, on 25 and 29 September.
Earlier, massive protests were staged in July last year over the brutal thrashing of four Dalit men at a village in Una town.